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Sunday, March 15 • 9:30am - 10:30am
Rock, Meet Hard Place: Does Law Stifle Innovation?

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Aereo learned a hard lesson last year: law can stifle innovation. But law can't keep up with innovation, abandoning entrepreneurs and tinkerers to operate in an ambiguous space. Rock, meet hard place.
Nabiha Syed and Basha Rubin are two lawyers operating at the intersection of law and innovation. Prescriptive rules require innovation to achieve a final resting-place, and innovation is, by definition, ceaseless. We will explore this tension between makers and regulators.
Nabiha will focus on the FAA's delays in releasing regulations for domestic drone use. Complexity necessitates deliberation to reach an optimal outcome, but cripples makers and entrepreneurs planning for the future.
Basha's experience with Priori, a curated online marketplace connecting lawyers to businesses, is case in point. As a startup operating in an evolving regulatory space, she has faced these difficult decisions. The outcome is often to do now and to plead ignorance later. But who bears the cost?

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Basha Rubin

CEO, Priori Legal LLC
Basha is the CEO and Co-Founder of Priori Legal, an online marketplace connecting businesses with a network of vetted lawyers at transparent, below-market and fixed rates. She speaks and writes extensively on how technology and innovation is changing - and will change - the market... Read More →
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Nabiha Syed

Lawyer, BuzzFeed
Nabiha Syed is a media lawyer with interests in transparency, surveillance, and emerging media technologies. A former First Amendment Fellow for The New York Times, Nabiha currently works at Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz and is also a Yale Information Society Project Fellow. She is... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
Hilton Austin Downtown Room 412